Coal Action Network is ten! (Part I 2018-2015)
23rd October 2018
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We’ve been working with communities against opencast coal mines UK power stations for a whole decade. To celebrate we’re looking at our achievements a year at a time.

Want to help us celebrate? Donate to our legal fund against the last opencast company looking to open new coal extractions – Banks Mining https://chuffed.org/project/justice-pont-valley for details see here.

2018. Dominated by the Campaign to Protect Pont Valley, camping in the snow, a three day eviction, large public demos and Coal Nee More action, only a small number of events made the slideshow.

Slide show photo credits: Coal Action Network (1- 8) Simone Rudolphi (9) Kristian Buus (10)

Pont Valley 2018

Coal Action Network is ten years old!We've been working with communities against opencast coal mines UK power stations for a whole decade. To celebrate we're looking at our achievements, one year a day until the end of October.Want to help us celebrate? Donate to our legal fund against the last opencast company looking to open new coal extractions – Banks Mining https://chuffed.org/project/justice-pont-valley2018. Dominated by the Campaign to Protect Pont Valley, camping in the snow, a three day eviction, large public demos and Coal Nee More action, only a small number of events made the slideshow.Credit:Coal Action Network (1st 8) Simone Rudolphi (9) Kristian Buus (10)

Posted by Coal Action Network on Sunday, 21 October 2018

 

We also released Slow Death in Siberia with Fern, demonstrated against Drax with Biofuelwatch; celebrated Hilltop opencast being refused at planning and Nant Llesg opencast being prevented following a long campaign by United Valleys Action Group.

We don’t by any means do this work alone. Coal Action Network mainly supports local groups and shares experiences between them, these celebrations mark just some of the amazing things we have been involved with.

Photo: Ron F

In 2017 to show the necessity of a coal phase-out we took to the streets of London, populating the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy with 2,900 figures representing those who die annually from air pollution caused by UK coal power stations. Following the consultation UK coal generation is due to end by 2025.

Aberthaw power station was the most polluting UK power station. We participated in a series of direct actions calling for it to be closed, including an 145 person January beach demonstration and a day long closure of the UK’s largest opencast and Aberthaw supplier Ffos-y-fran. Sadly RWE npower (infamous for its felling of the Hambacher Forest, Germany) switched Aberthaw from Welsh coal to Russian imports instead.

Kuzbass opencasts are vast and close to homes and on fertile land. Credit: Slava Stepanov

We visited the Russian Kuzbass to see first hand where much of our coal comes from.

Impressed by what we can do? Donate to our crowd funder to help us fight Banks Group https://chuffed.org/project/justice-pont-valley

 

 

2016 Focussed on the release of report, Ditch Coal – the global mining impacts of the UK’s addiction to coal. We explored the impacts in Colombia through performances of Buried Sunshine and the Russian and UK impacts in the fourteen event Ditch Coal tour.

Reclaim the Power’s End Coal Now camp occupied the UK’s largest open cast coal mine, Ffos-y-fran.

We were also involved in the first actions in a series against Aberthaw power station; Reclaim the Power‘s incredible action where 300 people shut down of Ffos-y-fran, delighted that Cauldhall opencast in Midlothian, Scotland was withdrawn by Hargreaves coal company. Sadly Highthorn on Druridge Bay was approved but thanks to the work of Save Druridge and Friends of the Earth it was Called In by the Secretary of State.

2016 was ten years after the first Camp for Climate Action at Drax power station. We returned to show our resistance to polluting fuels and our movement is still strong. In 2006 focus was against plans to build six new coal fired power stations, this was a massive success. We also demonstrated at the Drax AGM with Biofuelwatch.

At the end of the year we started our campaign of actions against Aberthaw power station blocking its access road twice. Two power stations closed – Scotland’s last coal power station Longannet and SSE’s Ferrybridge.

2015 saw one of our big targets UK Coal liquidate. It was also the year the last three significant sized deep coal mines closed with UK Coal’s Kellingley Colliery being the last.

2015 is summarised here http://coalaction.noflag.org.uk/2016/01/2015-what-a-year/

Nant Llesg hearing

Great Oak and Nant Llesg opencasts were rejected, but Nant Llesg was then appealed. Sadly we weren’t as fortunate with Bradley (Pont Valley) being approved in June and Field House was also lost on approval despite a campaign against it which included a letter from 50 international groups from 23 countries signed in solidarity against the Field House application.

Lynmouth power station closed and the government removed its support for Carbon Capture and Storage, which can cause an increase in coal consumed and isn’t actually commercially working.

Appreciate what we do? Can you donate to or share our legal fund against the last opencast company looking to open new coal extractions – Banks Mining https://chuffed.org/project/justice-pont-valley